Because trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Nashville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Sweeney Chiropractic will tell you that the medical literature shows just how much your chiropractor can help ease pain in the TMJ.
For instance, a study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice included 15 people with TMJ pain who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back manipulation, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Patients were evaluated prior to these treatments and at two weeks and two months post-treatment. The authors reported positive outcomes such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.
Another group of researchers conducted an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and revealed similar findings. They concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease discomfort associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.
This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While trauma to the jaw or neck can cause pain symptoms, there are other factors to consider as well, such as bruxism, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to tension.
No matter what is making your jaw hurt, call Sweeney Chiropractic now and make an appointment to come into our Nashville location. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!